Have you ever meet a doctor that is obese? What about a respiratory nurse that smokes? Or a trainer that is out of shape? What about a dietitian that eats junk food regularly? Do you think they know how unhealthy that lifestyle is? Yes, I am sure they do. So, what’s my point? The point is that “knowing” what to do to take care of your health and actually “doing” are two different things. Don’t get me wrong, you have to “know” what is healthy to “do” it. “Knowledge is power” “Ignorance is not bliss” “Things are easer said than done.” Let’s face it the DOING is the hard part! The doing takes practice, support, stamina and constant effort. Truly living a healthy lifestyle is where we reap the benefits of the knowledge we have. So, how do people get it done?
As the Olympics come to a close I find myself thinking about the lifestyle of an athlete. What makes them get up everyday and workout so long and hard? Day after day they push themselves. Perhaps it is the glory, or maybe it is the coach that has a structured workout planned for them and is going to be at the track at 6 a.m. to meet them. Or maybe it is the family and friends cheering them on and giving them support. Those athletes didn’t get to the Olympics all on their own. They had a support team made up of coaches, doctors, therapists, family and friends etc…We are not any different. We all need support and coaching. Athletes are accountable to someone everyday – that makes a difference and helps to get things done! So, don’t hesitate to get the support you need, even if you “know” what you need to be doing. Sometimes being accountable to someone else helps the DOING part get done. Happy “doing.”